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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate StoutJason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 58
Gots: 95 | FT: 3
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WestValleyIPA on 07-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 677 | Reviews: 395
Photo of KevinBrewer
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Inky black with a moderate chocolate head that dissipates to a film, leaving minimal lacing.

N- Deep doughy, chocolate malt that screams classic Stone RIS. Plenty of dark cherry notes with a touch of tart cherries. The cherries smell fresh and delicious. Hint of vanilla as well.

T- Fresh dough, dark chocolate, and cherries galore. There is a slight wisp of vanilla that I perceive to be part of the chocolate flavor. If the bottle didn't say "brewed with vanilla beans," I might not have identified it. Like the nose, there's a great blend of dark cherries with a light tartness. Bitterness is pretty mild, just enough to balance the sweetness. A fair amount of roast shows up in the middle and lasts to the end. The finish is moderate to long with lingering roast, tartness, and bitter chocolate.

M- Medium- to full-bodied, silky and slightly chewy, moderate to light carbonation, with a bittersweet finish.

D- Overall, a nice dessert beer that would be well paired with ice cream. A bona fide stout with an excellent use of cherries.

Photo of brew3crew
2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at acre from their total tap takeover. still here on friday.

A-black with a little bit of brown head

S-Slight cherries and LOTS of booze. Not impressed

T-A little bit of cherry and almost no chocolate. Lots of booze. I was drinking an 08 BA RIS right next to it and THIS was more boozy

M-Medium body with alcohol burn

O-A total fail with the high expectations I have from stone.

Photo of brotherloco
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Served in a tulip at cellar temperature.

Pours pitch black with a frothy but loose two finger mocha head. Quickly settles to a ring. Holding it up to light shows the slightest reddish-brown tinge.

Aroma is mostly chocolate. I get a tinge of what most be the cherries but it is kind of astringent and medicinal.

Taste brings on way more tart cherry juice than I was getting in the smell. Cherry component tastes better than the aroma. Chocolate is there and has a sweetness, but it gets masked out by the tart notes and dries up quite quickly. The finish is made up of bitter roasty coffee. Flavor moves across the palate quickly and leaves a bit of lingering tartness.

Body is pretty thin and carbonation is low. My least favorite part of the beer.

Overall I'm glad I tried this interesting collaboration, but I won't be seeking out another bottle.

Photo of jeff1973
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Maudite tulip.

A - Good lookin beer. Opague dark brown w/ a tinge of ruby red around the edges. Nice cocoa looking head with a little lacing.

S - Cherry liqueur (a little boozey), dark bitter chocolate.

T - Same as the smell, you get a medicinal cherry (Nyquil?)upfront and a dark bitter chocolate finish. The bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Medium/high carbonation. A little too much for this style for me. It makes a little rough instead smooth.

D- Low. The rich chocolate taste and booziness makes you want to sip this one.

The booziness turned me off a little and flavors weren't well balanced. Maybe let it sit for a year and come together?

Photo of Gosox8787
2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Thanks to brewpaab for this, I was really looking forward to it.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. Pours a one finger dark brown head, after an aggressive pour.

Aroma: Some light cocoa notes, definitely not as much cherry as I was expecting. Some smokey notes as well.

Taste: Some cocoa notes upfront. The problem here is when the cherry note hits. It is not pleasant and fruity at all. The fruit aspect is barely detectable, it lends more of an awful acrid rotten note before ending with a touch of bad vodka. I may be a bit rough here, but the taste is not what I would call pleasant at all. One of the most outwardly offensive beers I've had in a while. It does improve slightly as it warms, but just enough to finish the glass.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and creamy.

Overall, this was not my cup of tea. The flavors sounded great in theory but just didn't come together at all. The fruit flavor was acrid and boozy. I would not buy this again.

Photo of grittybrews
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black with a finger of extremely dark mocha head. Roasty aroma of coffee and dark cocoa. Not picking up much cherry yet, just a little caramel sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a fairly light mouthfeel. Sweet cherry up front followed by milk chocolate and a slightly bitter, somewhat smoky coffee finish.

This one showed some promise, but came across a little light and the cherry character was a touch sweet for me. Still, worth trying at least once.

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a very dark brown in color with maroon highlights when held to the light and a thin brown head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: Had a nice roasty chocolatey aroma upfront on the nose accompanied by some nice cherry notes some coffee and creamy sweetness.

T: some hop character actually made it's way through the roasty chocolatey cherry flavors but with good sweet creamy notes and a touch of coffee that was not overbearing.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet chocolate, roasty, slight fruity, mild hoppy but creamy finish.

D: really tasty stout that went down really smooth and would definitely pick up more of this collabo.

Photo of mgbickel
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Piraat tulip.

A massive 3 fingers of dark mocha foam filled up the void above the deep black body. The head lasted a while before slowly dissipating down to a thin layer...moderate lace left behind.

The nose has tons of chocolate characters up front. The background is smokey peat and campfire.

The taste starts off with a mellow chocolate flavor that quickly takes a super tart turn...I guess that is the cherry flavoring. Not a big fan...
Once the odd sourness fades, you are left with a great smokey cocoa flavor that makes me wish the cherries were not added to this...

Medium bodied with a bunch of carbonation.

Overall this is a good beer with an odd flavor. I really wish this was brewed as a smoked chocolate stout. That would probably have bumped my 3.5 taste to a 4.5.

Photo of bashiba
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice thick dark black with a thin layer of dark tan.

The smell is very chocolatey and sweet, with a hint of black smoke.

The flavor has a bitter dark chocolate flavor with a very light bit of dark burnt smoke. The cherry is very light in the background and almost unoticeable, a bit of sweetness comes throught with a strong bit of astringency lingering in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily.

Not really digging this one. Nothing really wrong with it, but just hard to finish.

Photo of SirRuss
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thick viscous black with an unctuously deep red hue that demands a double take on the first pour. The head is thin, but rich with cherry tones that seem to tap into the palate with greater ease than Murdoch on a murder victim.

S - Overtones of sharp cherry flounce ahead of the archetypal roasted chocolatey stout profile that remains prominent yet detached. Buttery ketones also lend a background fullness that shows promise in battling the looming ascorbic cherry threat.

T - Sweet, syrupy, sugariness upfront quickly descends into the dark roasted cocoa and coffee notes confessed on the nose. On the other hand, there's a distinct, disparate cherry tangent whose tart, sour cherry backbone transcends palate borders to own the entire experience. Unfortunately the backbone is more like Godzilla's Dorsal spines that protrude with jagged aggression and fail to pay any respect to the proportional balance of the anatomy as a whole.

M - Like the appearance, the first impression of mouthfeel is thick and unctuous, although the marauding cherry tartness slices through this perception like Genghis Kahn on PCP.

O - I'm a big fan of the thought that has gone into this Brew. The flavor combinations hold massive potential, and the midnight black/shadow-rouge aesthetic speaks for itself. But as much as I want to love this brew, the distinct segregation between the foundational stout and the cherry feature prevents me from doing so. With a little integration - and some serious taming of the cherry acidity - this beer could rise from "worth a try" to "gotta buy". But until then, consider this brew like Beauty and the Beast without the romance.

Photo of HalfFull
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. Stone Collaboration bottle poured into a large wine glass. Pours a midnight black with a dark chocolate cap of foam. A solid pour with a less than stellar retention and light lacing, crashing to a surface ring after a few minutes.

Chocolate notes are prominent on the aroma initially, softening to some sweet red cherry as the carbonation settles. Not much depth here, and seemingly a bit forced in nature. Enhances a touch with warming into the 50's but by then it's rather flat.

Taste of sweetened chocolate with a touch of cherry, quite vinous in nature given the subdued carbonation and with a lingering jammy zinfandel character. Feel is sweet, jammy and subdued with no notable carbonation after mid glass. Overall a rather weak effort, or perhaps execution....

Photo of DovaliHops
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a very tiny reddish-tan head. Scent is...OMG...it smells just like that black cherry ice cream from Baskin Robins...I believe it's called Cherries Jubellee...or something like that. I wish I had the ice cream right next to me to do a side by side. Dark chocolate with slightly tart and sweet cherries. Taste is not quite what I was expecting from the aroma. The cherry flavors are much more tart than the nose lead... Still a very tasty flavor though. Lightly tart cherries with dark chocolate are very relevant here...but I think the vanilla beans are what hold this beer together. If the vanilla was not there, this beer could be a fail IMO... but the vanilla is what seems to bring these flavors together. Alcohol shows up a little as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. It pours as if it is going to be extremely thick and full-bodied, but not so much. Drinkability is fairly high, as this is definitely a dessert beer...not something I could drink more than one of. Overall, I found this to be a very tasty beer that took a lot of crafting to make work.

Photo of popery
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours very black with a mocha head. The aroma is dark chocolate, cola, cherries, burnt caramel, vanilla, oranges and a touch of acetone. The taste is a cleaner, punchier mix of sour cherries and dark chocolate. It’s medium sweet, but the cherry tang and a mild roast-hop bitterness calms it down. The finish extends that same chocolate-cherry note. Mouthfeel is thick, though a bit less so than expected. It’s an interesting beer but doesn’t quite jibe with my taste. Even with this relatively pared down beer, I think Stone needs to simplify their collaborations more. That said, it's certainly not bad for a sweet stout.

Photo of Klym
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to try this beer. Lover of milk stouts and stone collabs. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours black with a light tan had that leaves strips of lacing.

S: A nice chocolate smell comes through with a tart, lightly alcohol soaked cherry smell. None of the smells are too aromatic, and all blend together tamely.

T: Somewhat tart and tangy cherries come through with the smallest tad of gin heat. The chocolate adds a nice savory bitterness and a small push of additional sweetness. There's even a small lactose sweetness to this. I really like what this beer, the concept of it and the execution-- mild but very well balanced flavors. I still think it could use some tweaking, though.

M: Medium bodied with some creaminess and some prickly carbonation. A lathering feeling on the tongue and sides of mouth that lingers with a chocolatey residue. Good mouthfeel.

O: I really applaud this beer. It's not big or bold in flavor but it's got good flavor characters that play together nicely. I would love to see this tweaked a little bit to bring out more chocolate and a small hint more milky character. Glad they did this beer, absolutely worth trying and savoring.

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A Pours a dark brown nearly black color with a tan head that dissipates quickly.

S A very strong dark cherry note, with a hint of chocolate. However the cherry takes center stage for the nose.

T A very strong dark chocolate note starts things out. Followed by a hint of coffee It finishes with a almost sour cherry note that lingers on your tongue. Almost like pure cherry juice was poured in here. Quite an interesting taste not sure what to think.

M meduim bodied, decently carbonated. Nothing special

Overall this is a pretty good beer. Its a pretty good take on a sweet stout that lives up to its name. I would drink it again however I wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of doughanson78
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black pour. Nice one finger head. Dark mocha with a red tint. Great retention, decent lacing.

S: Very different. Very dark cherries. Almost a dark cherry pie scent. Undertones of dark chocolate. Light vanilla, which, I think is what makes this such a complex nose. Light coffee. Very awesome smell.

T: Big dark cherries. Dark chocolate.

Little light for the style. Very creamy.

Great complex beer.

Photo of Zorro
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightproof beer with a perfectly sized brown colored head.

Nice cherry aroma, sweet with a nice chocolate to complement it. Cherry brandy scent, other than that this is all cherry and chocolate.

Starts out semisweet with a little cherry and a lot of patent malt. Sweetness doesn't got that far very quickly a sour cherry flavor comes out and lots more vanilla. Becomes semisweet and sour with a slight strange taste I can't ID something like burned berries.

Thick mouthfeel.

Overall a good beer.

Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (only slight traces of amber are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light). It poured with a finger high mocha-colored head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate malt and lactose in the nose along with some hints of cherries.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of chocolate and lactose with notes of roasted malts and cherries. The cherries are more prominent compared to the smell and particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering the beer’s strength, it’s astonishing that virtually no alcohol is detectable in both the smell and taste. It goes down quite easy for this reason and also because it’s not heavy on the palate.

Photo of lisomiso
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very pretty with a nice head. Smells like black forest cake, very rich. The vanilla comes out even stronger as it warms. Sadly I don't really like black forest cake. The cherry falls flat, particularly compared to Bell's Cherry Stout... but the two make a nice cuvee?

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is deep, dark, and black. There is a finger of tan head to go with it.

S: Smells a little bit like cherries, but there is also pretty heavy char and roast to it. Slightly tart with a hint of metal to it. The vanilla doesn't really come through, unfortunately. A touch of booze.

T: Cherries, roast, and a bit of booze. Again, not much in the way of vanilla. Pretty sweet, however, with lots of chocolate flavor to it. Little bit of molasses and toffee sweetness as well.

M: Medium in body with a smooth carbonation and mouthfeel.

O: Really disappointing. This beer sounded excellent in concept, but it didn't live up to expectations.

Photo of Overlord
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stone's misses with their special releases continues.

Pours a thin looking black with a small off-white foam head.

Smells like ... sour (???) cherries, a bit of chocolate, and ... some acrid malt. And ... that's about it.

Taste is strangely, surprisingly, acridly sour with even a tad bit of bitterness. Huh? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. The chocolate is quite subdued, almost brings to mind a cracker covered in dried cocoa. I can't get over the weird sour cherry tang that lies over everything.

Too thin.

Photo of DrinkThemAll
2.91/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass...

A-Pours an opaque black with a beautiful 1 finger caramel head that dissipates to just a ring with spotty lacing if any...

S-Chocolate and very faint cherries...very sweet malts and maybe some bourbon, smells of artificial cherries overall...

T-Bitter chocolate and faint cherries...very dry and bitter, very sweet malts and some plum maybe...taste better than it smells...

M-Medium body with medium carbonation, the cherry flavors are more present here... very dry and bitter mouth...

O-Always like to pick up a new stone collaboration...this was a decent one i would say but had to much of an artificial thing going on and lacking the whole cherry parts...not horrible but definitely nothing special...

Photo of Bajasith
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured very dark with a small tan head lingering at the edges.
Smells like a fresh opened box of chocolate covered cherries. Earthy hops give it the beer aroma.
Sweet at the beginning as the chocolate and earthy hops give it the bitterness it deserves.
Creamy feel, sweet as the alcohol warms giving way to the chocolate bitterness.
A very well rounded brew but a little to sweet to my liking. Could enjoy over and over after a huge steak dinner.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle $3.99 Dark black like a stout should be, decent head. Smells like chocolate liquer to me with only the mildest hint of a dark cherry, meh. The flavor was a little better, malts, dark chocolate but I couldn't taste the cherries at all. I'm glad I only bought one bottle.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark chocolate brown/black with only about a quarter inch of head. No lace, head is gone pretty quick.

Smells like chocolate and cherries to me.

The taste is cherries, bittersweet chocolate and earthy hops. The taste gets a little medicinal near the finish. I personally think they should have just gone with the tart cherries for a more sweet and sour vibe. The mouth is just fine.

I didn't know what to expect, but I expected a bit more after all the hype surrounding the contest winning beer that started this collaboration. Glad I tried it, won't grab another.

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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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